Top 10 Best Gaming PC Mini-Towers


Below is a listing in no particular order of the best mid-tower gaming PC cases based on an analysis of reviews collected from the Internet. As previously covered in Choosing The Best Gaming PC Case for Graphics Intensive Gaming, full-towers or mid-towers are the best choices in regard to upgradability. As discussed, slim micro-towers (mini-towers) and console-sized PC cases will limit options for future upgrades and can hinder hands-on maintenance to some degree. It’s my opinion that the mid-tower gaming PC case is a smart choice. For those that desire a cutting-edge gaming PC that’s nearly as flexible for upgrades and cooling capacity as having a full-tower, the mid-tower is definitely the way to go.




Corsair Graphite Series 230T Orange with Window Compact Mid-Tower Computer Case (CC-9011038-WW)
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Summary: Graphite Series cases meet at the intersection of high performance and dramatic design. The 230T features flexible cooling potential, easy system builds, maintenance and upgrades.

WHAT REVIEWS SAY *SPECIFICATIONS
Pros:

This chassis would be great for anyone looking to build everything from an air-cooled gaming system to a badass box on a budget. – hardocp.com

Even loaded with 3-way SLI, multiple hard drives and a massive cooler, it performed amazingly well.

Well-built and it’s not bulky.

Plenty of space inside for SSDs and Sata drives. 

Cons:

…lack of water cooling support. While you can go with a single radiator AIO solution strapped in the back of the chassis, there is little room anywhere else. – Tweaktown.com

Case size (H x W x L):
22″ x 10.6″ x 19.3″ / 15.8 lbs.

Motherboards Supported:
ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX

Expansion Slots:
7

5.25″ Drive Bays:
3

3.5″ Drive Bays:
3

2.5” Drive Bays:
2

Connections:
(x2) USB 3.0

PSU:
ATX (not included)

Fans:
Front: (x2) x 120mm (included, with LEDs) Top: (x2) x 140/120mm Rear: (x1) x 120mm (included, no LEDs) Bottom: (x1) x 140/120mm

Quick Start Guide

* Specifications do not always show what’s included. This is mostly to show a basic summary of what’s supported.


Cooler Master 690 II Advanced – Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 Ports and X-Dock (RC-692A-KKN5)
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Summary: CM 690 II Advanced (USB 3.0 version) makes it possible to take advantage of excellent airflow and water cooling options to vastly reduce temperatures on system components. The CPU mounting hole size has also been enlarged to make installing CPU heatsink backplates even more convenient, and the rubber grommets have been redesigned for improved cable management.

WHAT REVIEWS SAY *SPECIFICATIONS
Pros:

The Coolermaster CM690 II Advanced USB 3.0 gets very good five out of five stars. – ocaholic.ch

For a mid-tower, there is plenty of space inside, and sure, especially with liquid cooling taken into consideration, this chassis has a trick or two up its sleeve. – Guru3D

Cons:

Slot covers could be meshed.

Not all side fans have air filters.

Case size (H x W x L):
19.5″ x 8.4″ x 20.8″ / 21.1 lbs.

Motherboards Supported:
Micro – ATX / ATX / Mini-ITX

Expansion Slots:
7 + 1

5.25″ Drive Bays:
4 (without the use of exposed 3.5”drive bay)

3.5″ Drive Bays:
6 Hidden, 1 Exposed (converted from one 5.25” drive bay)

Connections:
USB 3.0 x 2 (internal), USB 2.0 x 2, Mic x 1, Audio x 1 (supports HD/AC97 audio)

PSU:
Standard ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional)

Fans:
Front: 140 x 25 mm Blue LED fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 19 dBA, Rear: 120 mm fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 17 dBA, Top: 140 x 25 mm fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 19 dBA (supports 120 / 140 mm fan x 2), Bottom: 120 mm fan x 2 (optional), Left side: 120 / 140 mm fan x 2 (optional), Right side: 80 x 15 mm x 1 (optional), HDD cage: 120 mm fan x 1 (optional), VGA holder: 80 x 15 mm fan x 1 (optional)

* Specifications do not always show what’s included. This is mostly to show a basic summary of what’s supported.


Corsair Obsidian Series Black 650D Mid Tower Computer Case (CC650DW-1)
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Summary: The Obsidian Series 650D mid-tower case (CC650DW) is manufactured with strong, stamped steel parts for increased rigidity, and coated in a black textured paint. The front panel features a beautiful black brushed aluminum faceplate to bring a subtle elegance to your next build. The 650D is a member of the award-winning Obsidian Series of cases from Corsair.

WHAT REVIEWS SAY *SPECIFICATIONS
Pros:

Roomy, easy to work on, excellent cable management, and high-quality all around.

Very quiet.

Sturdy, nice finish. The design is gorgeous.

Dust filters for easy cleaning. 

Easy access to both the front and back of the motherboard, easy access to the drives, especially HDs. No tools needed.

Cons:

Slightly larger and heavier than other mid-towers.

Hard drive mounts could be improved.

Case size (H x W x L):
20.5″ x 9″ x 21.5″ / 24.5 lbs.

Motherboards Supported:
ATX, mATX, MiniITX

Expansion Slots:
8 expansion slots

5.25″ Drive Bays:
4 external

3.5″ Drive Bays:
6 internal

Connections:
2 x USB 2.0, 2 x USB 3.0, 1 x IE1394 1 x SATA Dock (3.5/2.5″), 4 Channel Fan Controller

PSU:
1 x ATX/PS2 Form factor PSU

Fans:
2 x 200mm (1 front, 1 top) 1 x 120mm

Quick Start Guide PDF

* Specifications do not always show what’s included. This is mostly to show a basic summary of what’s supported.

Corsair Vengeance Series Military Green C70 Mid Tower Computer Case (CC-9011018-WW)
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Summary: When it’s time to take your competitive gaming on the road, the Vengeance C70 mid-tower PC case is a great choice. It’s crafted out of solid steel and made to survive trips with less wear and tear, and the ergonomic carry handles help you move your gear with confidence. With internal USB 3.0 connectors for modern motherboards, native SSD compatibility, eight expansion slots and room for long graphics cards, the C70 stands ready to take on any challenger.

WHAT REVIEWS SAY *SPECIFICATIONS
Pros:

Distinctive, military-style appearance that looks great with black components.

Great cable management. 

The best airflow of all the cases I have used. 

Anyone who has ever built into a case with side latches or handles knows you can’t go back after you have done it.

Cons:

Front dust filter isn’t easily accessible, and the bottom filter may fall out during transport to LAN parties, etc.

Case size (H x W x L):
19.72″ x 9.13″ x 20.98″ / 18.3 lbs.

Motherboards Supported:
ATX, mATX

Expansion Slots:
8

5.25″ Drive Bays:
3

3.5″ Drive Bays:
6 (Shared Combo 2.5″ & 3.5″ Bays)

Connections:
(x2) USB 3.0, (x1) Headphone, (x1) MIC, Power, and Reset Switches

PSU:
ATX (not included)

Fans:
Three (3x) 120mm fans

Quick Start Guide PDF

* Specifications do not always show what’s included. This is mostly to show a basic summary of what’s supported.

Corsair Carbide Series Air 540 High Airflow ATX Cube Case CC-9011030-WW – Black
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Summary: The unconventional design of Carbide Series Air 540 utilizes dual chambers to deliver cooler air to your CPU, graphics cards, motherboard, and memory without your drives or power supply getting in the way. The included custom Air Series AF140L intake and exhaust fans provide great airflow performance at lower noise levels than typical case fans. And, you can mount up to six 120mm or five 140mm fans, with 280mm top radiator support and room for a 360mm radiator on the front panel.

WHAT REVIEWS SAY *SPECIFICATIONS
Pros:

The case is very quiet with its original fans.

Great airflow for high-performance gaming rigs and aesthetically pleasing.

If you are new at building computers look no further, this case is hassle-free.

Cons:

Unless you have quite a large area of desk space the 540 will not fit too well on top of your desk where you keep your monitor and keyboard.

They cut out parts of the sheet metal in the bottom of the main chamber where the HDDs fit. There’s nothing preventing dust/debris from getting in – it’s just a hole.

Case size (H x W x L):
18.7″ x 15.6″ x 20.2″ / 20.3 lbs.

Motherboards Supported:
ATX, E-ATX, Micro ATX, Mini ITX

Expansion Slots:
8

Drive Bays:
(x2) 3.5”/2.5” tool-free Drive Caddies (Hot Swap)
(x4) 2.5” tool-free SSD cage

Connections:
(x2) USB 3.0
(x1) Headphone
(x1) Mic

PSU:
ATX (not included)

Fans:
(x2) AF140L 140mm Intake fans
(x1) AF140L 140mm Exhaust fan

* Specifications do not always show what’s included. This is mostly to show a basic summary of what’s supported.


Corsair CC600TWM-WHT Special Edition Graphite Series 600T Mid Tower Gaming Computer Case – White
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Summary: The Graphite Series 600T makes it easy to build a world-class gaming system. With excellent cooling from the dual 200mm fans, eight PCI-E expansion slots to accommodate multiple graphics cards, and plenty of room for large, power-hungry components, the Graphite Series 600T can handle just about anything you can throw at it.

WHAT REVIEWS SAY *SPECIFICATIONS
Pros:

A great solid case, looks great and performs even better.

Plenty of expansion possibilities.

Ample vents and fans for cooling.

Awesome cable-handling.

Cons:

Lacks comprehensive documentation. 

Significantly heavier weight compared to other recommended mid-towers.

Case size (H x W x L):
20″ x 10.4″ x 23.3″ / 28 lbs.

Motherboards Supported:
ATX, mATX

Expansion Slots:
8

5.25″ Drive Bays:
4

3.5″ Drive Bays:
6

Connections:
(x4) USB 2.0, (x1) USB 3.0, (x1) IEEE1394, (x1) Headphone, (x1) MIC

PSU:
ATX (not included)

Fans:
(x2) 200mm Fans w/White LEDs, (x1) 120mm Fan

Quick Start Guide PDF

* Specifications do not always show what’s included. This is mostly to show a basic summary of what’s supported.

CM Storm Enforcer – Gaming Mid Tower Computer Case with USB 3.0 and Windowed Side Panel
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Summary: CM Storm Enforcer’s new chassis contain a wealth of features coveted by most gaming enthusiasts, including USB 3.0, SSD drive support and a removable/rotatable HDD cage to support easy installation of the highest end video cards.

WHAT REVIEWS SAY *SPECIFICATIONS
Pros:

Building on a mid-tower chassis design with gamers in mind the Enforcer takes the previous Storm series cases and makes a polished product. – Techpowerup

I came from a CM Storm Scout and to migrate to the Enforcer was pretty easy. They are about the same size but the Enforcer is wider and this gives it extra points over the Scout and also USB 3.0 plug for mobo is great.

Wire management is just right. 

Cons:

The top vent needs a dust cover.

The two included fans have molex connectors rather than 3-pin motherboard connectors, so you can’t use your motherboard to read or control fan speed.

Case size (H x W x L):
19″ x 9″ x 20.6″ / 19.5 lbs.

Motherboards Supported:
ATX, Micro-ATX

Expansion Slots:
7 + 1

5.25″ Drive Bays:
4 (one could be converted to 3.5″ bay)

3.5″ Drive Bays:
1 (converted from 5.25″ bay)
6 internal

2.5″ Drive Bays:
4 (two converted from 3.5″ bay)

Connections:
USB 3.0 x 2 (internal) / USB 2.0 x 2 / Mic x1 / Audio x1

PSU:
ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional)

Fans:
Front: 1x 200 mm red LED fan; Rear: 1x 120 mm fan

* Specifications do not always show what’s included. This is mostly to show a basic summary of what’s supported.

Cooler Master HAF 912 – Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow Design (RC-912-KKN1)
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Summary: The Cooler Master HAF 912 is a compact, yet fully featured, mid-tower solution for enthusiasts and budget conscious gamers alike.

WHAT REVIEWS SAY *SPECIFICATIONS
Pros:

I highly recommend this Mid Tower for anyone who’s doing a budget build.

With many mid-tower cases aimed at enthusiasts on a budget pushing the $100 mark, the HAF 912 offers a lot of potential for a very small price. – Techspot

This case is brilliant for airflow.

I would recommend this case to anyone looking for a fun and affordable case to build in. 

Cons:

Only comes with two 120mm case fans.

Can be noisy because it’s so open to allow for cooling. Make sure your coolers are quiet.

Case size (H x W x L):
18.9″ x 9.1″ x 19.5″ / 17.8 lbs.

Motherboards Supported:
ATX / Micro ATX

Expansion Slots:
8 (7+1)

5.25″ Drive Bays:
External 4

3.5″ Drive Bays:
External 1 (converted from 5.25″ bay)
Internal 6

2.5″ Drive Bays:
2 + 2 (converted from 5.25″ bay)

Connections:
2 x USB 2.0, 1 x Audio, 1 x Speakers

PSU:
ATX PS2 / EPS 12V

Fans:
1 x 120 mm front fan, 1200 RPM, 17 dBA
1 x 120 mm rear fan, 1200 RPM, 17 dBA

* Specifications do not always show what’s included. This is mostly to show a basic summary of what’s supported.

Cooler Master HAF 922 – Mid Tower Computer Case with High Airflow and USB 3.0
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Summary: Without a doubt, the Cooler Master 922 has it all! It accommodates all sorts of high-end hardware from its spacious interior and supports up to three 200 mm fans for maximum airflow at minimum noise. This mid-tower chassis represents a disorderly collision of machine and beast.

WHAT REVIEWS SAY *SPECIFICATIONS
Pros:

Easy access to everything. Liquid cooling no problems. Definitely will use this case again in my next build.

Perfect, low temperatures and lots of room.

Solid and great looking case. It has plenty of space for cable management.

First of all, this case is for an enthusiast build. The HAF 922 is large for a mid tower case and from the pictures it is rather hard to tell. 

Cons:

Recessed sides make room for fans inside, but make it a bit awkward to work with when on its side.

It’s not the quietest configuration with all the fans, but cooling is fine.

Case size (H x W x L):
19.7 x 10.0 x 22.2 / 19.2 lbs.

Motherboards Supported:
ATX / Micro-ATX

Expansion Slots:
7 + 1

5.25″ Drive Bays:
5 Exposed (one could convert to 3.5″ drive bay)

3.5″ Drive Bays:
5 Hidden
1 Exposed (converted from one 5.25″ drive bay)

Connections:
USB 3.0 x 2, MIC x 1, Audio x 1 (supports HD / AC97 Audio), eSATA x 1

PSU:
ATX PS2 / EPS 12V (optional)

Fans:
Front: 200 mm fan x 1 Red LED on / off fan x 1 / 700 RPM / 19 dBA (can be swap for 120 / 140 mm fan x 1)
Top: 200 mm fan x 1 / 700 RPM / 19 dBA (can be swap to 120 mm fan x 2 )
Rear: 120 mm fan x 1 / 1200 RPM / 17 dBA
Bottom: 120 / 140 mm fan x 1 (optional)
Side: 200 mm fan x 1 (optional)
(can be swap for 120 mm fan x 2)

* Specifications do not always show what’s included. This is mostly to show a basic summary of what’s supported.

Corsair Carbide Series White 500R Mid Tower Computer Case (CC-9011013-WW)
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Summary: The Carbide Series 500R shares vital DNA with the award-winning Corsair Obsidian and Graphite Series. They’re acclaimed for their ease of use and performance-oriented engineering, and this philosophy is abundant in the design of the Carbide Series.

WHAT REVIEWS SAY *SPECIFICATIONS
Pros:

Lots of room for video cards and cables. If you are worried about big video cards then this case should take all your worry away.

Cable management is also perfect and allows a nice clean system on the inside.

The expansion ports really impressed me because of the size of the case. This definitely one of the best computer cases out there. 

Cons:

No air filter for the left-panel fan.

The stock left side panel fan and the two front fans are set-up in a way that can’t be controlled. The fan wires use unique ends that won’t fit the standard 3/4 pin fan mounts in motherboard.

No side view window (just the mesh).

Case size (H x W x L):
/ 16.6 lbs.

Motherboards Supported:
ATX, Micro ATX

Expansion Slots:
8

5.25″ Drive Bays:
4 external

3.5″/2.5″ Drive Bays:
6 internal

Connections:
2x USB 3.0, mic and headphone jacks, 6-pin FireWire, LED and three-step fan controls

PSU:
ATX

Fans:
Front 2x 120mm intake fan
Rear 1x 120mm exhaust fan (supports 140mm)
Top 2x 120mm fan mounts
Side 1x 200mm intake fan (supports up to 2x 120/140mm fans)
Bottom 1x 120/140mm fan mount

* Specifications do not always show what’s included. This is mostly to show a basic summary of what’s supported.